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sunday this & that on saturday

Yawn. I'm so bored watching Tech embarrass itself that we might as well go ahead and do the Sunday this & that now:


Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

I have been very skeptical of Sen. Clinton as Sec of State, but I think you are too quick to judge. During the campaign, nearly everyone thought they were smarter than Obama--including both you and me--and we were wrong. Give him the benefit of the doubt. If Hillary gets out of line, then she will be fired and not be Sec of State OR Senator.

Frankly, I am more skeptical of Larry Summers as a Senior Economic Advisor and possible replacement for Bernanke at the Fed. And the worst idea for Cabinet post may be keeping Gates as Sec of Defense--even if only for a few months. But folks cut Bush YEARS of slack. I can wait until he is sworn in before criticizing the Pres.-Elect.

Sunday, November 23, 2008 6:48:00 AM

Blogger Michael said...

I would rather see HC as SecDef than SoS. She is very popular in the defense/national security sector of government and would do well at that job. Her as Secretary of State is kinda strange to me. It's gonna take some getting use to.

Sunday, November 23, 2008 8:56:00 AM

Blogger Michael said...

And I don't have any problem with talking about the problems with evolution, but specifically setting out to attack it is weird. I do have some qualms with the next to last paragraph that says "Evolution is a proven, accepted science." If that were true, it would be the law of evolution, not the theory. I have seen no "missing links" in the fossil record. Plus, I think there are some problems with the theory. Not all scientists are evolutionists. The best evolution education is to teach both the theory and its faults. It is neither proven, nor disproven.

Sunday, November 23, 2008 9:01:00 AM

Blogger David McCullars said...

I also had problems with the line that evolution is a proven science. Science, unlike math, is never "proved." Michael, even laws are not "proved" -- was Newton's law of gravity "proven" or even "right"? These words have no meaning in science. Right and wrong are religious words. Science uses words like plausible, accepted, consistently shown, supported, evidenced, etc. What I think the article meant to say was "Evolution is proven beyond reasonable doubt and is a near universally accepted theory of science." The key word here is "reasonable."

Monday, November 24, 2008 12:14:00 PM

Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

BTW, the above comments are by 2 different Michaels. As a Christian who has always believed in evolution and who knows how Texas sets the tone in textbooks (and has 2 daughters in public schools), I am very worried about this "know-nothingness."

Monday, November 24, 2008 1:22:00 PM

Blogger David McCullars said...

I did want to point out one more thing to Michael (not MW-W). I don't think it is accurate to say "faults" of evolution. Perhaps the word we're looking for is "gaps." Forgive me for squabbling over semantics, but they do make a very important difference to the ill-informed (who seize on a word like "fault" and parade it around on a banner).

A "fault" (in science terms) is a contradiction of evidence or gross misinterpretation of data.

A "gap" is evidence that is yet to be explained by *any* theory. Just because an existing theory doesn't explain a gap does not in any way ill-legitimatize that theory. (Although a theory which explains more gaps than another is said to be "stronger.")

All of the "weaknesses" of evolution that have been put forth so far are of the flavor of gap, e.g. "irreducibly complex systems," "missing links," etc.

Anyway, thank goodness there are still more gaps in science than theories or else there would be little point in becoming a scientist!

Monday, November 24, 2008 1:57:00 PM


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